Arkefly

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Arke
Arkefly.svg
IATA
OR
ICAO
TFL
Callsign
ARKE
Founded 2005
Hubs Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
Alliance TUI Airlines
Fleet size 11
Destinations 53
Parent company TUI Airlines (TUI Travel PLC)
Headquarters Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
Haarlemmermeer, Netherlands
Key people Steven van der Heijden
Website www.arke.nl
ArkeFly head office

Arke (formerly Arkefly)[1] is a Dutch charter airline headquartered in Schiphol-Rijk on the grounds of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol in Haarlemmermeer, Netherlands.[2] It is the charter carrier of the Dutch arm of the German travel conglomerate TUI and its main base is Schiphol Airport.[3] It carries out regular and chartered flights, although most of the chartered flights are operated for the Dutch tour operator Arke. It operates to destinations in the Mediterranean, Canary Islands, Red Sea, Mexico, Caribbean, United States, Canada, Africa, Asia, Brazil and the Netherlands Antilles.

History[edit]

Arke traces its roots to Air Holland, which was founded in 1981. After financial problems Air Holland was taken over by the Exel Aviation Group and took a new start as HollandExel in March 2004. In May 2005 the Exel Aviation Group was declared bankrupt. The German TUI Group took over the airline's activities and renamed it ArkeFly. It is now wholly owned by the TUI Group. Its name was based on the biggest Dutch tour operator, Arke, which is also a subsidiary of the TUI Group. The newly reorganised airline operated its first flight in September 2005.

Operations in Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles, began on 15 July 2004 as DutchCaribbeanExel, which was originally part of the Exel Aviation Group, but was later taken over, together with parent airline, HollandExel, by TUI Nederland, and renamed ArkeFly Curaçao.[4] ArkeFly started weekly flights to St. Maarten from Amsterdam on December 2, 2007, but discontinued this service in November 2008. TUI Nederland holds that flights may resume if the volume of tourists travelling to St. Maarten increases.[5]

Operations to Orlando, Miami and Israel began in 2011.

In October 2013, Arkefly changed its name to Arke.

Destinations[edit]

Main article: Arkefly destinations

Fleet[edit]

An Arkefly Boeing 737-800 at Schiphol Airport, Netherlands. In the new colors. (2013)
An ArkeFly Boeing 767–300 at Schiphol Airport, Netherlands (2011)

As of June 2014, the Arke fleet consists of the following aircraft with an average age of 12.7 years:[6]

Arke Fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
F J Y Total
Boeing 737-800 5 0 12 72 96 180
Boeing 767-300ER 4 0 31 154 98 272
Boeing 787-8 1 2 18 108 181 307 Replacing older 767s

PH-TFK, PH-TFL, PH-TFM

Total 10 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ Arklefly shortens its name to just Arke Drum, Bruce, World Airlines News. October 22, 2013, retrieved November 3, 2013
  2. ^ "Arkefly." TUI Nederland. Retrieved on 28 September 2009. "ArkeFly Beech Avenue 43 1119 RA Schiphol-Rijk Postbus 75607 1118 ZR Schiphol-Triport "
  3. ^ "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-03-27. p. 77. 
  4. ^ Flight International 27 March 2007
  5. ^ ArkeFly Discontinues St. Maarten Service
  6. ^ Arkefly fleet. ch-aviation.ch. Retrieved 2013-11-28.

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